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Gifts For Wood Lovers & Aficionados

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We carry lots of great gifts for the wood lover in your life.

Butcher blocks with beeswax or oil finish.

Grilling Planks in your choice of alder, maple or red cedar.

Food serving trays & platters and charcuterie display boards.

For those who can’t decide, there’s always the trusty gift certificate. Any denomination you’d like!

Happy Holidays from West Wind!

Wood for Foodies – Catch the Trend

So What Makes For A Good Smoke?!!

Is it time to scrub down the bar-b-que and turn your thoughts to warm weather activities?  Well at least on the West Coast it is 🙂  Check out Volume 12 – August 2007 – for our Smokin’ Hot Article on wondrous wood flavours.  Jan’s personal favourite – Alder.  He says “It’s just plain sweet”.

WOW Your Guests!

Don’t forget our BBQ grilling planks.  They are available in four sizes in three species:  Western Red Cedar, Western Maple and Alder.  Weather not co-operating?  Bring the outdoor party in.  They can easily be used in your kitchen oven as well.

Mesquite – There’s a Love/Hate Relationship

On our annual Mexican road-trip inland, we were drawn to the beauty of the mesquite tree.  The traveler sees twisted, crooked limbs, sharp spiteful thorns amid flowers looking like long spikes of yellow catkins and delicate feather-like leaves; as yet, seasonal pods have not matured.  There is a delicate fragrance perfuming the arid landscape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mesquite (from Nahuatl mizquitl) is a plant found in Mexico and upwards through Southern US; some species are also found in Central and northern South America.  It is a deciduous tree reaching heights of 20-30 ft; depending on the particular species and environmental conditions, it can exhibit more shrub-like tendencies than tree.  With long deep taproots making it an extremely hardy, drought-tolerant plant, ranchers consider this a nuisance tree because it competes with rangeland grasses for moisture.

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